Ashley Graham stood firm and proud that her “Maxim” cover was all natural and that no post-processing was ever made.
Contrary to several people’s allegations, the 28-year-old American model maintained that her photos on the April 2016 issue of the magazine did not undergo Photoshop editing.
In a statement obtained by Us Weekly, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model pointed out, “I’m beyond proud to be the first curvy woman on the cover of ‘Maxim.'” She added, “I was not slimmed down on the cover, and [photographer] Gilles Bensimon did an amazing job capturing my true figure in all of the photos.”
After airing out her reaction to the speculation, Ashley Graham took it as an opportunity to reassure women that being voluptuous is not something to worry about. “This is another major advancement for curvy women, especially those who work in the fashion industry who are working hard to get the recognition they deserve,” she said.
The lingerie model of Lane Bryant emphasized as well that other publications may take the footsteps of “Maxim” for having a plus-size woman pose for them. “I now encourage more publications and designers to put more diversity on their covers and runways,” she noted.
“Let’s continue to show that beautiful bodies come in different sizes and they should all be celebrated.”
According to Washington Post, the backlash stemmed from theories that “she looked too perfect” and “a little too airbrushed” in the photos taken by Gilles Bensimon.
“Maxim obviously edited her photo to make her appear slimmer,” one of her 1.5 million Instagram followers commented. “Her arm is usually bigger than that in her other photos.”
Meanwhile, another fan wrote, “That is unfortunate after everything you stand for Ashley.”
“Your curves are gorgeous and Maxim should not have minimize (sic) who you are. . . shame on them!” the said user added about Ashley Graham’s “Maxim” cover.